Everybody has to deal with stress it’s part of life and for the most part we cope with it just fine. There are both positive and negative triggers for stress, but either way you can generate a stress reaction and that will have an effect on your body and your health.
Stress reactions in the short term are there to help you cope with difficult situations. Hormones are released, your heart races and your breathing changes when you have a stress reaction. During this time your brain gets increased amounts of oxygen which is helps you cope with the immediate situation. In this case the stress reaction can help you function better. Over the long term repeated stress reactions can impact your overall health negatively. Here is a video explaining stress reactions.
When you want to alleviate stress most think of things like massages, meditation, a glass of wine after dinner and long hot baths. Acupuncture isn’t really the first thing that comes to mind. However, acupuncture is thousands of years old and it has been used to treat many diseases and conditions. Anxiety, pain and of course stress are some of the things acupuncture has been used for.
Treating Stress with Acupuncture
Acupuncture is central to Traditional Chinese Medicine. They have used it for many centuries in treatments, most specifically the treatment of pain. If you have a fear of needles the idea of needles being placed in your skin may be stressful by itself. It actually isn’t painful and the needles are placed at the energy nodes of the body, they are put here to help relieve the blockages of your qi. Qi (actually pronounced chee) is the life energy of the body and connects you to everything. Plenty of high profile people use acupuncture for pain and stress management and to improve their overall health. It isn’t just celebrities everyday people have found benefits from acupuncture.
There is science to back up that acupuncture has an impact on the human body. Recent studies have shown that stress hormones are considerably diminished, but Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine have known this for a long time. There are even mental health clinics and rehab centers that make acupuncture part of the treatment options. If stress is a big part of your life then give acupuncture a try to see if it can lower your stress levels.